Cougar Mountain trail running series kicks off May 14
May 10, 2011
The eighth annual Cougar Mountain Trail Running Series gets going May 14 with a 5-mile run at King County’s Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
The race, which starts at the Sky Country Trailhead, begins at 9 a.m. The Sky Country Trailhead is on 166th Way Southeast, just off Cougar Mountain Way.
The series, sponsored by the Seattle Running Club, has four races in all during the season. Other races are scheduled for June 12 (7 miles), July 10 (10 miles) and Aug. 14 (13 miles).
Volunteer work groups from the trail-running community spend an average of 120 hours each year doing trail restoration work, including improving trail surface conditions and picking up trash.
“Cougar Mountain is such a great venue for the Seattle running community, and we’re happy to have the continued support of runners who give back to a place where they’re getting a lot of use,” said Scott McCoubrey, head of the Seattle Running Club.
In addition to volunteer labor performed by members of the Seattle Running Club, a portion of the trail race registration fees are donated to King County Parks. Of each racer’s individual event fee, $15 goes toward park maintenance and improvements. More than $70,000 has been raised in the past seven years for King County Parks.
“Everyone who visits Cougar Mountain benefits from the work that race volunteers do,” King County Parks Division Director Kevin Brown said.
The series annually attracts runners for a variety of skills and experience. Experienced marathoners, college runners, college coaches, high school runners and coaches, and people just trying to stay in shape often fill out the field.
Pre-register for any or all races at www.seattlerunningclub.org.